If you are using Excel for your lab management, you're not alone. But, the future of science depends on what researchers are doing now, so it’s imperative that labs have the proper equipment. However, the best computers, bunsen burners, and beakers in the world won’t help if you are managing your equipment with outdated software. So isn’t it time to upgrade from disorderly spreadsheets to something that will actually help? In this article we’ll go through some common problems that lab workers might encounter using Excel and how they might be rectified with the proper solution such as better lab management software.